What To Expect At Your First Orthodontist Appointment

Adults and children seeking orthodontic care for the first time often have questions like, “What happens during your first orthodontic visit?” 

At Risinger Orthodontics, we want to make your transition into a new smile as smooth and easy as possible. We provide a comfortable environment where we examine the framework of your teeth and map out a unique plan for your orthodontic care. 

If you want to enhance your smile with the help of a qualified, caring orthodontic team, book an appointment at Risinger Orthodontics today!

Can You Get Braces On Your First Orthodontist Appointment?

Some patients ask, “Can you get braces during your first orthodontist appointment?” 

We use your first appointment as preparation for your smile journey. We may not place braces during the first appointment, but we will take the first steps toward a healthier smile.

At Risinger Orthodontics, we examine your teeth, finding any gaps, crowding, or over or underbites that might need addressing during your treatment. Diagnostic tools like our iTero® digital scanner and digital x-rays help get a sense of your needs. 

After reviewing your x-ray results, our team will work with you to determine what type of orthodontic treatment suits your budget, lifestyle, and the specific needs of your teeth. We’ll also estimate how long your treatment should take. 

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So, What Happens At Your First Orthodontist Appointment?

Think of your first appointment as a time to develop a strategy to provide the best orthodontic care possible for your unique smile. During this visit, you’ll get to know the team at Risinger Orthodontics. Our orthodontic experts develop an understanding of your dental needs, walking you through every detail of treatment, including

  • •  Introductions – getting to know our qualified orthodontic team
  • •  Paperwork and dental history – Providing proper documents to aid your orthodontist in choosing the appropriate plan to achieve your healthiest smile
  • •  Initial exam and imaging – x-rays and tooth molds that help map out your treatment process
  • •  Review exam results and pick a treatment plan – Working with your orthodontist to determine the best course of action to align your teeth  
  • •  Come prepared with questions – a time to ask how long, how often, and what is best for my teeth
  • •  Go over financing and payment plans – Deciding which braces fit into your budget, if you will be using dental insurance, and which payment plan suits you
  • •  Schedule an appointment to place your appliances – Deciding when to begin the next step in your orthodontic care


At Risinger Orthodontics, we provide plenty of comforts to make you feel right at home during your initial visit. Our waiting room features a movie theater, a video arcade, personal headsets, fun contests, cookies, and ice cream. You and your family can meet our friendly team, who will give you an office tour and answer questions about our top-of-the-line treatment facilities. 

Paperwork And Dental History

Understanding your dental history allows us to prepare your personalized care plan. We will ask you to fill out some forms about your medical and dental history. Be sure to bring any x-rays or other dental documents to your appointment so that we can build on your unique dental foundation.

Initial Exam And Imaging

During your initial exam, our diligent team will have you brush your teeth to prepare for the examination. We will examine your oral structures with dental tools, dental molds, and x-rays. This allows our team to observe any cavities that need filling before orthodontic care, the shape of your teeth, and any crowded, gapped or misaligned teeth.

Review Exam Results And Pick A Treatment Plan

After examining your teeth, you and the team at Risinger Orthodontics will work together to choose the best treatment plan for your unique smile. Often orthodontic treatments address dental issues and any misalignment in the jaw or facial structure caused by misalignments.

Some cases require specialized care from traditional braces, while some patients wear Invisalign to improve their smile. During your review, you will develop a better understanding of your dental needs and how long your treatment should take. 

Come Prepared With Questions

The decision to wear braces and improve your smile is a big one. We want you to ask any questions during your initial visit.

Often our patients ask:

Whatever the question, we seek to walk with you through the treatment process and provide all the guidance you need. You can even visit our website to learn more about braces care and cleaning.

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Go Over Financing Options & Payment Plans

Every patient deserves a great smile and dental health. 

One of the first questions new patients ask is, “How much does treatment cost?” Various factors, including the type of braces, your case condition, and the length of your treatment will determine the overall cost. That said, the average cost for braces and Invisalign before insurance can range from $2,500-$7,000

Call our office today, and we will work with you and your budget to provide the orthodontic care you need. We accept just about every orthodontic insurance and provide a variety of financial options to help make braces and other orthodontic care affordable. 

Schedule An Appointment To Place Your Appliances

After finishing all the paperwork, examinations, questions, and financing, you can make an appointment to begin your orthodontic treatment. We’ll provide all the information you need about regular visits and how to care for your appliances. 

Occasionally, you may need dental work before wearing braces or other appliances. Make sure you schedule any suggested appointments to make quick progress toward your new smile.

Book Your First Orthodontist Appointment Today!

Don’t worry about setting your first orthodontic appointment. At Risinger Orthodontics, your teeth are in qualified, caring hands. We adjust smiles and improve lifestyles for many patients throughout Central Connecticut. 

Book an appointment today or call us to learn more about our orthodontic services for kids and adults.